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Ad Chat - Evan Brown

Give it up for our dear friend and sharp-as-a-tack creative, Evan Brown, Sr. Copywriter at TBWA\Chiat\Day. Get to know him a bit better by following him on Twitter at @strawberrycough.

Let's get it started...

What's your favorite funny story about yourself?
Three days after 9/11, I was in London, walking with a friend when we were stopped by some BBC reporters. I thought they wanted to interview us about what happened and started to panic. But they were doing a show on Britain's best loved children's poems. They asked us to read the first stanza of "On The Ning Nang Nong." I ended up reading it jointly with my friend to hide my non-Britishness. Wait. Was it supposed to be a "ha ha" funny story?

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Ad Chat - Darryl Ohrt

It's Monday again. Didn't that weekend go by fast? Let's get to know a friend of Adland.tv, Darryl Ohrt, Executive Creative Director of Carrot, NYC, and Adverveblog.com -er. You can also listen in to his thoughts, wisdom and more at twitter @darrylohrt.

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Ad Chat - Dena Walker

We're kicking off our first Ad Chat of October with Dena Walker, Digital Strategist at Irish International in Dublin, Ireland. Follow her on Twitter at @curlydena or keep up with her at her blog at http://www.curlydena.com.

And now, on with the questions...

What's your favorite funny story about yourself?
As a young Account Exec, I once had to dress up as a giant sperm & run, with er, purpose, at Tamara Ingram, the then CEO of McCann-Erickson UK.

What piece of art (movie, book, music, painting, etc) has influenced you most? How or why?

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Ad Chat - Bernie Watt

Hello Monday. Today we chat with Bernie Watt, copywriter extraordinary at Make in Sydney, Australia. Give him a follow on The Twitter at @berniegerm or check out his blog at http://berniewatt.tumblr.com.

And now, on with the questions...

What's your favorite funny story about yourself?
It's not that funny, but I used to play in a punk band and an orchestra (not simultaneously, but at the same time)

What piece of art (movie, book, music, painting, etc) has influenced you most? How or why?
The animation of Terry Gilliam (Monty Python). It was surreal and removed the need for a definitive narrative. It is the thing that turns Monty Python from a disjointed sketch comedy into a piece of genius. Through his work, I discovered many of the great artists.

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Ad Chat - Ron Smrczek

This Monday we chat with Ron Smrczek the Executive Creative Director of TAXI Europe. You can catch up with him on twitter as @smrczek where he shared many interesting links.

What's your favorite funny story about yourself?
- I used to be a serious ten-pin bowler.

What piece of art (movie, book, music, painting, etc) has influenced you most? How or why?
I've been given this book several times from different people. I have three copies of it. And I always pick it up when I need some inspiration – "It's Not How Good You, It's How Good You Want to Be" by Paul Arden.

Who was your favorite mentor and why?

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Ad Chat - Vincent Vella

Running a bit late this week, but what else is new in this biz? This week we hear from Vincent Vella, ECD, who previously worked at Grey, Euro RSCG and Publicis.

What's your favorite funny story about yourself?
I'm not funny at all

What piece of art (movie, book, music, painting, etc) has influenced you most? How or why?
Undoubtedly the work of Marcel Duchamp. When I discovered his Readymades, I was about 13 years old. Suddenly I understood what a "concept" was. How a simple idea could grow, live outside and beyond of a vehicle, and be truly subversive. This is probably the trigger that made me turn to contemporary art, and then to advertising.

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Ad Chat - Gideon Amichay

Gideon and fan Liat in Cannes this summer

This week we put Gideon Amichay, Creative Chairman of Shalmor Avnon Amichay Y&R Tel Aviv in our spotlight. You can find his blog at gideonamichay.com, and if you're lucky you'll pass him on the Croisette in Cannes as he cruises along eating ice-cream and he'll high-five you as you walk past each other (I am that kind of lucky, that was funny Gideon).

What's your favorite funny story about yourself?
My first career was as a cartoonist.

What piece of art (movie, book, music, painting, etc) has influenced you most? How or why?
The Fountainhead, the book and the movie. The book is about believing in your way and follow it till the end.

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Ad Chat - Richard Tseng

Photo © Adrian Chan

I had the pleasure of hanging out with Richard Tseng for a bit in Cannes, discussing everything between heaven and earth related to advertising, new media, story-telling, ideas and ethics, and I think he's a razor sharp guy. He's currently freelancing at CP+B in Toronto as a copywriter. You can find all his web-stuff on richtseng.com and follow @richardtseng on twitter.

What's your favorite funny story about yourself?
I was once chased for 3 blocks by 5 gangsta drug dealers because, when I walked by their alley and they told me they had what I wanted, I pretended to mistake them for gay prostitutes offering their services. I used to be a crazy asshole whenever I got drunk.

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Ad Chat - Claudiu Florea

Monday yet again, and today we get a funny story and the urge to dance from Claudiu Florea, Managing Partner at Wunderkid in Romania.

What's your favorite funny story about yourself?
Losing my wedding ring into the sea while skinny dipping during a holiday in Bulgaria. Although at the time the sun was setting and the visibility was low, with the help of one of my friends who bought a torch, we manage to find it on the sea bed, only losing it again from euphoria closer to the shore. We recovery it immediately and went along to celebrate 'till dawn.

What piece of art (movie, book, music, painting, etc) has influenced you most? How or why?
Homo Ludens by Johan Huizinga because: "Man only plays when in the full meaning of the word he is a man, and he is only completely a man when he plays."

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Ad Chat - Snorre Martinsen

This week we bend the ear of fellow viking Snorre Martinsen, who seems to have the itch to travel. He's a senior creative at Saatchi & Saatchi Oslo, and can be found tweeting away at @snorrem when he's not planning viking raids in far-off lands.

What's your favorite funny story about yourself?
When I was born my mother was given the choice of either naming me Snorre, or Hårek. Hårek beeing the name of a drunken, fat viking cartoon my father thought brilliant in the early 70's.

What piece of art (movie, book, music, painting, etc) has influenced you most? How or why?

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